10 Superstars who let power corrupt them

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August 30, 2012

The nWo

Not all power is measured in championship gold. Case in point: The nWo, the controversial faction that not only changed sports-entertainment forever, came to define WCW and, ultimately, became a catalyst of its implosion. When Hulk Hogan joined Scott Hall and Kevin Nash at Bash at the Beach 1996 to form The nWo, the trio forsook the adulation and respect of the fans for the sake of sheer intimidation. The group, which had achieved untold success in rival WWE, cast a massive shadow that the rest of the WCW roster struggled — and often failed — to overcome. Not only did they run rampant in the ring, eventually conscripting rival competitors into their ranks, but they achieved a fair amount of front-office pull within WCW as well, recruiting WCW President Eric Bischoff himself. The combination of in-ring prowess and unchecked ego proved too much for any organization to contain, though, and The nWo’s hubristic reign eventually came to a crashing end when its warring members split the crew apart into numerous offshoots (nWo Wolfpac, anybody?) that engaged in on-and-off conflicts until WWE purchased WCW.

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